Today, 100Reporters joins with news organizations across the country to denounce the all-out assault being waged by the White House against a free and independent press, whose protection belongs to the bedrock of our nation.
The collapse of Agnes Kavere's apartment building collapsed in Nairobi killed 52 residents, including her young husband. More than buildings, it shattered her inner landscape. The disaster was not unique, but emblematic of corruption in construction that puts lives at risk across the world, most acutely for the poor. A series by Journalists for Transparency and 100Reporters.
In September 2017, a massive earthquake in Mexico City downed 38 buildings and killed 369 people. More threatening, though, than the earthquake is corruption, which allows buildings to rise despite lack of official approval and in violation of safety standards and buildings codes, an investigation by Journalists for Transparency and 100Reporters has found.
In Nairobi, images of collapsed apartment and business towers have captured public attention and directed light to a global problem. Poor building-code enforcement has allowed sub-standard construction, with tragic consequences from Nairobi to Mexico City.
Growing demand from European consumers has led to a boom in Fairtrade flower sales. Around 640 million stems were sold between 2013 and 2014, a 5 percent increase from the same time a year earlier. However, Journalists for Transparency found workers on Fairtrade farms who were exposed to pesticides and suffered miscarriages, in violation of Fairtrade standards for chemical exposure. The farms on which two women worked did not acknowledge any responsibility for their miscarriages.
Since the early 1990s, Fair Trade agriculture has been touted as a tool to help farmers in developing nations raise their income by securing better prices for raw products that enjoyed high demand in Europe and the United States. Most of the intended beneficiaries are in Africa, and grow labor-intensive crops like cocoa, coffee, tea, flowers, and bananas. But an investigation of Fairtrade suppliers in several countries has found workers toiling for long hours and low pay in sometimes hazardous conditions--in short, the very conditions Fairtrade was meant to end.